Jodha Akbar 22 April 2020: Jodha wakes up to a bright sunlit day, She gradually becomes aware of something rubbing her hands, on turning she discovers her beloved enemy Jalal rubbing her hands industriously .. quick as a lightning, Jodha snatches her hand, hesitantly she wants to know how she came to lie on the bed safe and sound.
Jalal retorts , only a brave warrior like him can commit such a suicidal mission, before she can let loose her tirade, Moti bai walks into Khema ; Jalal orders Moti to give Jodha her medicines and walks out.
Flustered Jodha demands to know the events of night , before Moti can reveal what transpired , Maham walks in, gloats that Jalal managed to have the taste of the forbidden fruit , Maham expresses a fond hope that with the one night stand, jalal’s ardor for Jodha would vanish forever , her words devastate Jodha.
Jodha as usual storms towards Jalal , who is in conference with his entourage , The entourage moves away even before Jalal can order them away * Jodha has trained the whole Mughal court well * Jodha orders Jalal inside, As soon as he steps inside, she very fearfully asks to know what happened THAT night?? Jalal being every inch the King retorts , ” Things happened that were meant to happen , events moved as expected, actions were taken that were deemed fit” .. Crushed, Jodha swiftly replies that A king had to keep to his promise at all times and that she would have preferred to die than he break his promise, Jalal glares and says ..A king can do anything and is not bound by anything.
The Caravan proceeds to Agra , with a morose , depressed Jodha trying to recollect the incidents of the previous night , while the horseman who was sent by Ruqaiyya misses the party ..Jalal continues towards Agra unaware of the looming crisis.
Jalal and his party moves towards Agra palace and are stopped inside by a group of Maulvis. The Maulvi’s state that Jalal cannot govern the Mughal land any longer as he had blasphemed by bowing down in a Mandir . They accuse Jalal of diverting from the path of Allah and forbid him from sitting on the throne or govern the land. Hameeda tries to placate the Maulvis but they are in militant mood and refuse to be placated, Maham intervenes and says that, Jalal is a messenger of Allah, a shadow but not God, As human, he has committed mistake and the mistake will be rectified , she says this blocking of his path and refusing him admittance into the palace was declaring revolt against him .
Maham says The Maulvis should listen peacefully and not react angrily .. Adham who was listening to this exchange gets angry as he sees his chance of becoming King of Agra decreasing . The Maulvi’s refuse to back down and are on war path.. Jalal steps up and points out that the Maulvi *one of them* had himself prayed for Jalal’s prosperity in a temple and that his head was already bowed in the temple of Umarkot ..The Maulvi’s are further calmed when Jalal assures them that he has not deviated from the path of Allah, Just then one of the Maulvis places a condition, They blame Jodha for this tun of events , say that had Jodha not been of different religion, all this things wuld not have occured, The Maulvis teel Jalal that Jodha must convert to Islam!! Jalal does not know how to respond, Maham once again intervenes and seeks a night for consultation and decision, which is granted.
IN Adham Khan’s Mansion..there is a show down between Adham And Maham with Maham stating unequivocally that Adham is not a King material, and the day he does something that shows him as even superior than Jalal, then she will support him.. Angered by her dismissal, Adham raises his hand on Maham which shocks her to the core, she warns Adham against trying such thing again and warns of consequence.
in court, sharif comes and ask jalal you called me here? Jalal in anger says if they were not priests thats why they are alive, they pointed at my love for my god which nobody did before, this is the insult of all mughal kings, i only want to know who told them this? Sharif says i also dont know, but the only solution they suggested is either jodha accepts islam or leave agra, he says i believe you, you will always do in favour of our religion, one thing is that your order is my command, jalal says question is who told this news to priests, adka says i will present that culprit dont worry, adham thinks who is this new enemy of jalal?
jodha says to moti that everything was ok till we reach here, 1st a night with jalal and now my religion… Maham along with ruks comes and says i warned you in amer that it will rage among people if jalal go to mandir but you didnt listen to me then now see what happened. Precap. jodha ask why? I respect your religion, but my religion is my pride, ruks says you say your husband is everything for you then why his religion is not your religion? And now its time’s need also, jalal did so much for you then why you cant do this much for him? Jalal comes and ask you all here, ruks say we are making jodha understand that before priest come here she should be ready to change religion, jalal says this will not happen, as i gave her tongue at time of wedding that she can follow her religion freely, maham says its about mughal throne, jalal says my words are most imp for me and 2ndly she didnt force me, i went to mandir on my own, so why she will get punishment, i gave her permission so now its her choice, nobody will force her, jodha says what hamida will say i will do.
ruks says to hamida that she want your nod to convert her religion, just say her to accept religion, jalal will be saved from insult, and its only about kalma , and what it matters to her, hamida says not a single word now, i am proud of her that she gave me that much respect that she allowed me to take decision but nobody will force her, jalal’s politics is something else but being elder in mughal sultanat jodha will not change her religion and it was also promised at the time of marriage so dont force her its my decision. Maham and ruks are irritated. Jodha is thankful.
jalal in court says that i gave her word that she will follow her religion and i cant force her to change religion, its her right to change or not and if i have to leave throne then i will give it to rahim after me, jodha says i asked decision from hamida malika azam, her decision will be final, hamida gets up and says decision is that my daughter in law will accept islam, all are shocked, maham thinks what trick she played 1st won jodha’s trust and now saved jalal’s trone, priests are happy and start preparing for ritual, Sahikh Mubarak arrives at the court. He says that this ritual should be stopped by now. The priest asks why? Embracing Islam is a good deed. sahikh says indeed, but accepting Islam for reasons other than your love for it are against God and religion both. Sahikh Salim Chishti has sent a message for the king.
It says: Jalal, i heard some voices this morning. I looked at the sky. I realized looking at sparrows that how lucky they are. Independent of religion and near to God and when God hears their chirping, there is no difference of of kamla and mantra. I feel like should set up land like ajmer where love can flourish without the restrictions of religion and language. when you will understand that day you will get a gift from God. Your heir and, your son. Yes this is not a mere dream this is the message that nature gave me and i am telling because this message is fro the one that can change the world. God is to be loved not to be feared of.
Shaikh says that i don’t think after listening to this i guess you people have no problem in letting Jalal sit on the throne. The writer of this letter is the one who understands the religion so well. I believe that we are now no one to raise a question on king.
Priest says to Jodhaa that i don’t if it was our Allah or your bhagwaan that saved us from going against God without loving the religion accepting it is a sin. we can’t go against the judgement of Salim Chishti.
Hamida says to Jadhha that i knew Chishti sahab’s letter was coming thats why i went against you, so i could get some time and this problem can be solved. Maham thinks, wow hamida begum you are cleverer than i thought why could i see this face of you before.
Jodhaa is sitting she says in front of her lord that i was so scared when ami
jaan said that i have to change my religion. I became angry on you that how could you not help your Jodhaa. But when Sahikh Chishtis letter came i realized that in any face you are always there to help your jodhaa. She thanks her God for that.
Jalal comes in. Jodhaa says you are here ? Jalal is about to say something but jodhaa interrupts him. She says you think like by not changing my religion you have fulfilled your promise and i will forgive you. No i won’t do that. Because you broke your one promise. In the tent what you did to me. she recalls the way she asked him that you have done something to last night? and jalal says that yes you can consider it the need of time or my responsibility i had to do this. Jodhaa says i have not forgotten that. Jalal says yes i remember it was so hard for me to find a black cloth that night. Jodhaa asks black cloth ? Jalal says yes and your body was so cold. jalal says to jodha doc said to make you consious you need heat and she gave that responsibility to me and i gave you tongue , so i thought of black cloth as it gives heat to body so i put you in black cloth, jodha says that means that night you didnt.. Jalal says to do something i dont need day or night, i gave you my tongue and i followed it, jodha ask why you didnt tell me before? Jalal says you gone such extent before i could tell you. Jodha ask then why now? Jalal says you were tensed and as king i gave you this answer as a gift , i am not that much creul to punish my wife like this. He leaves.
Jalal offers prayers, other side jodha sings bhajan and do aarti of lord,
ruks comes to jalal and says i sent massenger to inform you that priests here have gone against you, jalal says he didnt reach me, ruks says i got to know that one storm came and take you and jodha with it, jalal ask how do you know? Ruks says many were there, jalal says but nobody know about it, ruks says i know everything about you, jalal ask so you were spying me, ruks says i am your friend but a wife too, jalal says yes i spent night with jodha in same tent, ruks is jealous.